'The fans have been very patient with me' - Carroll thanks West Ham support

The England striker is grateful for the fans' backing throughout a lengthy spell on the sidelines and insists he is hungry to prove his worth while on loan from Liverpool

Andy Carroll has heaped praise upon the West Ham fans and is looking to repay their support over the 12 remaining games of their Premier League campaign.

The Hammers impressive start to the season hit the buffers recently, with Sam Allardyce’s men securing just one win from their last six league outings as they flirt with the relegation battle unfolding beneath them.

But, as far as his own performances are concerned, Carroll has paid tribute to the fans for standing by him throughout an injury-plagued stint that has seen him score just two goals since his arrival on loan from Liverpool in August.

“The fans have been very patient with me,” he told the club’s official website.

“They could have got on my back early doors, with me being injured, coming back and getting injured again and not scoring the goals everyone had hoped I would score.

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“To have them singing my name was excellent. I definitely didn’t expect to hear a load of Londoners singing my name when I was growing up in Newcastle! Everyone has been great with me here."

And, as the England international returns from injury, Carroll has set his sights on an extended run in the starting line-up as he looks to repay the fans for their support.

He continued: "I love football so I want to play - for myself, for the manager and for the team. I want to do as well as I can and play every week, so that's why I need to keep fit.

"I was feeling really good in the Swansea game. I'd been back in training and was raring to go, as were all the lads. I put myself about and got the winner.”